Subjects and Citizens

Subjects and Citizens

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Focusing on intersecting issues of nation, race, and gender, this volume inaugurates new models for American literary and cultural history. Subjects and Citizens reveals the many ways in which a wide range of canonical and non-canonical writing contends with the most crucial social, political, and literary issues of our past and present. Defining the landscape of the New American literary history, these essays are united by three interrelated concerns: ideas of origin (where does qAmerican literatureq begin?), ideas of nation (what does qAmerican literatureq mean?), and ideas of race and gender (what does qAmerican literatureq include and exclude and how?). Work by writers as diverse as Aphra Behn, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Frances Harper, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Bharati Mukherjee, Booker T. Washington, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, AmAcrico Paredes, and Toni Morrison are discussed from several theoretical perspectives, using a variety of methodologies. Issues of the qfrontierq and the qborderq as well as those of coloniality and postcoloniality are explored. In each case, these essays emphasize the ideological nature of national identity and, more specifically, the centrality of race and gender to our concept of nationhood. Collected from recent issues of American Literature, with three new essays added, Subjects and Citizens charts the new directions being taken in American literary studies. Contributors. Daniel Cooper AlarcA³n, Lori Askeland, Stephanie Athey, Nancy Bentley, Lauren Berlant, Michele A. Birnbaum, Kristin Carter-Sanborn, Russ Castronovo, Joan Dayan, Julie Ellison, Sander L. Gilman, Karla F. C. Holloway, Annette Kolodny, Barbara Ladd, Lora Romero, RamA³n SaldAsvar, Maggie Sale, Siobhan Senier, Timothy Sweet, Maurice Wallace, Elizabeth Young... of Lyman Beecher, Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, aquot; in New Essays on aquot;Uncle Toma#39;s Cabin, aquot; 107-34. ... Strangers: Toni Morrisona#39;s Beloved, aquot; in Mother Puzzles: Daughters and Mothers in Contemporary American Literature, anbsp;...

Title:Subjects and Citizens
Author: Michael Moon, Cathy N. Davidson
Publisher:Duke University Press - 1995-06-29

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